Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Megabus Orlando, Florida stop has relocated

This stop has now been closed. In a reversal of an email dated May 14, 2012, Megabus has now closed the following stop as of May 2012. Refurbishment at the Econo Lodge is expected to last six months. We verified the closure on 5/22/12.

Updates for this bus line occur frequently. All riders are advised to double check ahead of time.

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The Megabus stop in Orlando, Florida has relocated. The new stop is the EconoLodge Inn and Suites on International Drive. The announcement got my attention because this is a pretty big change from the previous bus stop. I enjoy riding Megabus and Walt Disney World. This stop sounds like an unbeatable combination.

Getting to some of the Orlando attractions from this Megabus stop is now much easier than it was before. The hotel has scheduled shuttle service to Universal Studios.

Plus, scheduled shuttle service is available to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and the Wet n' Wild water park. The cost for this shuttle is only $2.25 per night, per room.

Since Megabus changed the stop, I called the hotel to ask about getting to Walt Disney World. The desk clerk said that a scheduled shuttle runs for $15 per person, round trip. A family of three would pay $45 per day to hit the park. The shuttle to Walt Disney World from the bus stop might not save families much. However, Megabus travelers can leave the car at home without needing it and that helps. 

Couples going to Walt Disney World may get find the most benefit on the Megabus to Orlando route. The inexpensive bus tickets, and hotel shuttle can help put a Disney vacation within reach. College students may even enjoy it.

There's more good news about the Megabus stop. The EconoLodge is part of Choice Hotels so the stays may be eligible for Choice Privileges points. Plus, depending on when you travel, packages may be available that can help you save even more money. My article on Where to Find Walt Disney World Packages may give you other ideas.

It looks like this Megabus stop in Orlando is going to work out well for anyone going to the Convention Center. The website for the EconoLodge Inn and Suites says that it is .2 miles from the convention center. This may put the center within walking distance. 

As for places to eat, there is a poolside cafe and bar and several restaurants are adjacent to the property. Some Walt Disney World restaurants, like Boma, do not require park admission but do require reservations to be made well in advance. 

Megabus to Orlando seems intriguing. I look forward to visiting Walt Disney World after we get my daughter married off in June. This bus route may be my mode of transportation. We'll see.

Here are a couple of Walt Disney World articles that you may enjoy: